Friday, October 24, 2014

Science

Not so scary now: New bones show mysterious dinosaur was really a goofy duckbill giant

WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.
Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new descriptions for it: goofy and weird.

’In Dog We Trust’: Work of canines that sniff out human remains more accepted by cops, courts

BENTON, Calif. — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He’s clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California’s Eastern Sierra region.
“Buster, go find!” Paul Dostie commands.

Comet to buzz Mars on fly-by

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.
A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 140,000 km at a speed of 202,767 km/h.

International energy researcher to focus on oilsands at Calgary university

CALGARY — Nanotechnology similar to that used to kill tumours in cancer patients could be adapted to improve in situ oil recovery in Alberta’s oilsands, says an international researcher.
Stanley Bryant, a world-leading nanotechnology expert from the University of Texas in Austin, was introduced Thursday as the latest Canada Excellence Research Chair at the University of Calgary.

Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun, robotic explorers have best seats in house

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.
A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching within 87,000 miles (140,006 kilometres) at a speed of 126,000 mph (202,767 kph).

Tempers flare at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C.—Matt Kenseth, usually so calm and composed, lost his cool and attacked Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
If Kenseth is fighting, then tempers certainly are running quite high.

Zooming in on living cells: 3 win chemistry Nobel for making super-vision microscopes

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells.

US Navy experiments with cutting-edge way of assembling clothes: welding the pieces together

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Welding isn’t just for aircraft carriers anymore.
The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring manufacturing back from overseas.

Java genes: Huge study identifies genetic influences over how much coffee people drink

NEW YORK — How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day?
Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role.

Underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumes in the Indian Ocean

SYDNEY, Australia — The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Monday in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the jet vanished.
The GO Phoenix, the first of three ships that will spend up to a year hunting for the wreckage far off Australia’s west coast, is expected to spend 12 days hunting for the jet before heading to shore to refuel.

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